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Patapsco Valley State Park

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Address: 8020 Baltimore National Pike, Ellicott City, MD 21043-3499
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+1 410-461-5005

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The best trails!

can't say enough about Patapsco State Park! All of the sections of the park are worth the trip with a variety of trails for hiking, mountain biking, or finding a quiet spot next... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Catonsville, Maryland

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Catonsville, Maryland
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25 reviews
10 attraction reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago

can't say enough about Patapsco State Park! All of the sections of the park are worth the trip with a variety of trails for hiking, mountain biking, or finding a quiet spot next to a stream. To find trails, Google the section you plan to visit.

Thank gr8fish2017
United States
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686 reviews
360 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 259 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Had a great day at the park! Enjoyed going to the Avalon and Orange Grove areas and conquering my fear by walking across the swing bridges. For anyone like me who might have been afraid of the idea of a swing bridge, the bridges are extremely sturdy suspension bridges that swing very slightly. You might also get someone who is... More 

Thank 1AnnieEliza
Ellicott City, Maryland
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22 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 March 2017

Howard County Parks and Recreation do an excellent job keeping this park rustic while making it accessible. They maintain it beautifully. There is a treasure trove of variety from picnicking for many group sizes, to camping or cabin renting, to swimming, to tubing, to swinging from a tire swing before taking a plunge. The trails are beautiful but not overly... More 

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Washington DC
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7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 February 2017 via mobile

I have a list of places in Maryland I want to see and the swinging bridge at Patapsco State Park was on the list. It's a nice park with a paved walking trail. It was not as nice as the C&O trail that I walk several times a week but it was nice for a warm afternoon walk. The park... More 

Thank Amy C
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25 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 January 2017

My husband and I purchased their Park Pass in 2016 and loved having the option to get into the park without carrying cash with us. We visit at least one time a month on the weekends This particular visit though was for camping Father's Day weekend. We chose to camp in the Hiltop area. The camp site was fairly private,... More 

Thank Annemarie C
Columbia, md
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73 reviews
24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 January 2017 via mobile

We love taking the dogs to Patapsco and frequently do so when we have visitors in town. The combination of paved trails and hiking trails means there's terrain for any ability level. It's usually peaceful, the trails are well-marked, and there are several access points. The river is beautiful. Overall, the park offers four-season activity.

Thank Janno814
Annapolis, Maryland
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75 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 January 2017

We went for a stroll here on New Years Eve. We did the Grist Mill trail which was all paved and wheelchair accessible too. It was about 8km return and takes about 1.5-2hrs. You could see the trail was still being repaired from the floods but was great to walk along and support with a donation.

Thank Nick_A_C_T
washington, dc
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74 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 November 2016

There are great trails in the Patapsco Park, especially in the Avalon area. You can walk along the river, in the woods and to a Cascade Falls. There are cookout areas you can reserve. Playgrounds for children and real restrooms.

Thank DCtotheBeach
Ellicott City, Maryland
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13 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 November 2016

I live five minutes from the park. I have fished, hiked and camped here. At times the park is only a half miles wide but is 33 miles long. It is truly a hidden gem. My only problem currently with the park the large numbers of immigrant park users who come to the park to enjoy the river but don't... More 

Thank petey9145
Chincoteague Island, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 October 2016

This park was a surprise! It is a hidden gem. They prefer reservations. We did not have but called to find out if they had an overnight space with electricity. A "LIVE" person answered the phone 443-534-1762 and checked spaces to verify they would have room if we arrived within 3 hours. We were greeted at the gate by a... More 

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